“Grease” Star and Four-Time Grammy Winner Olivia Newton-John Dies at 73

Olivia Newton-John at "This Morning" TV show in 2017
Olivia Newton-John at "This Morning" TV show in 2017. Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (8112226bg)

Olivia Newton-John, the iconic actress, singer, and activist best known for her role in Grease lost a decades-long battle with cancer at age 73. Tributes poured in for four-time Grammy-winning artist following the announcement of her tragic death.

The star’s husband John Easterling released an official statement announcing that Newton-John passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends. He asked for privacy during this very difficult time, and described his late wife as “a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.”

Many fellow music stars sent condolences to her family, including Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and Kylie Minogue. Newton-John’s Grease co-star John Travolta shared an emotional tribute, saying her impact was incredible and she made all our lives so much better.

Grease transformed Newton-John into a worldwide sensation, but she was a successful singer long before it came out. “You’re the One That I Want”, “Summer Nights”, and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” remain her biggest hits, but she gave us many more throughout her career.

Before starring in this hit musical, she’d already won three out of her four Grammys, including the record of the year for “I Honestly Love You”. She released a total of 23 solo studio albums, in addition to several more collaborative and compilation records.